Rice University theorists find that flexoelectric effects in double-walled carbon nanotubes could be highly useful for photovoltaic applications.
A new HKU research highlighted the importance of reducing fossil fuel combustion not only to curb the trend of global warming, but also to improve the quality of China's coastal waters. The findings were recently published in the prestigious journal Environmental Science & Technology.
Sorting through millions of possibilities, a search for battery materials delivered results in five weeks instead of 50 years.
Loading single platinum atoms on titanium dioxide promotes the conversion of a plant derivative into a potential biofuel.
Researchers at Linköping University have discovered a quantum phenomenon that influences the formation of free charges in organic solar cells. 'If we can properly understand what's going on, we can increase the efficiency', says Olle Inganäs, professor emeritus.
Post-graduate student of Samara Polytech is designing an induction for the renewable energy installations. The unique device allows increasing the efficiency and quality of the wind turbine.
The increase in the CO2 concentration of the atmosphere does not compensate the negative effect of greenhouse gas-induced climate change on trees: The more extreme drought and heat become, the less do trees profit from the increased supply with carbon dioxide in terms of carbon metabolism and water use efficiency. This finding was obtained by researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) when studying Aleppo pines. Their study is reported in New Phytologist (DOI: 10.1111/nph.16471).
An international group of scientists has proposed a method that allows for significantly increasing the efficiency of solar cells and light-emitting diodes by augmenting the auxiliary layers of the devices responsible for electron transport.
Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are clean and highly efficient power generation systems, which can generate electrical energy but are limited by their high operating temperatures and infrequent applications. Researchers from the Tokyo University of Science led by Dr. Tohru Higuchi, in their new study, explore how the efficiency of SOFCs can be increased by lowering their operating temperature and could be an alternative to nuclear and thermal power generation in the future.
More than 2000 renewable energy facilities are built in areas of environmental significance and threaten the natural habitats of plant and animal species across the globe. A University of Queensland research team mapped the location of solar, wind and hydropower facilities in wilderness, protected areas and key biodiversity areas.